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 September 3, 2004
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BUFFALO BILLS ULTIMATE FAN FEAST
Score big at your next tailgate with Tops Markets!

BUFFALO BILLS ULTIMATE FAN FEAST

Score big at your next tailgate with Tops Markets!

Williamsville, NY  Football season is just around the corner and that means tailgating will be in full force in living rooms and stadims across the country. Not only are football fans cheering for their home team, but also indulging in their favorite foods. Western New York is no exception and Tops and the Buffalo Bills have partnered to bring Bills fans everywhere the "Ultimate Fan Feast."

Nearly 36 million Americans participated in a tailgate party during the past year. With tailgating being one of America's favorite activities, Tops is here to help, supplying tailgating needs for the fan cheering at home from their front row seat on the sofa to those in the stadium at the game. But before fans indulge in their favorite tailgate foods, Tops has some tips to help make tailgating parties a sure winner!

Ø Make a list  ensure nothing gets left behind on game day. This includes food, chairs, stereo and of course your game tickets!

Ø Have a theme  consider a theme for your next tailgate. For example, enjoy clam chowder when the Bills face the New England Patriots or fish sandwiches when the rival Miami Dolphins come to town.

Ø Dress for the occasion  dress appropriately for several hours outdoors and be prepared for Western New York temperature changes.

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Ø Timing  arrive early (3 to 4 hours before game time is ideal) to beat the crowd.

Ø Set-up  set up near a grassy area for a more comfortable setting. Parking at the end of a row can give you more partying space.

Ø Food  make sure your food is ready 1 to 2 hours before game time, so you have enough time to eat, clean up and make your way to the stadium.

Ø Put out the fire  if you use a charcoal grill, bring along extra water to douse the embers and a plastic garbage bag to put the cold coals in.

Ø Clean-up  make sure to bring plenty of extra garbage bags to clean up your tailgating area.

Tops offers a wide selection of party platters to meet all Bill's fans tailgating needs. So, before fans pick-up the remote, they can pick-up their favorite tailgating foods. From wings to subs to cheese trays and cupcakes, each of these platters are ready for pick-up every game day without pre-ordering, ranging in cost from $10.99 to $39.99.

When planning a tailgating menu, shish-ka-bobs can be a great alternative to traditional foods such as hamburgers and hot dogs. They can also be bought already prepared from the Butcher Block at your local Tops Markets. For $5.99 a pound, you can choose between chicken and beef. A great accompaniment to shish-ka-bobs is potato salad made without mayonnaise, so its easy to store.

If you want to go the sandwich route, there's plenty of creative ways to make an old standby a new favorite (see recipes attached). Grilled Honey -Mustard Chicken Sandwiches allow fans to purchase a Big Pack of boneless chicken breasts starting at $2.99 lb. to make preparation easy for a crowd. And for sandwiches packed with meat and veggies, roast beef scores with all tailgaters. Tops deli roast beef can be sliced thin, and starts at about $8.69 lb.

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Celebrate Food Safety Month in September

The start of tailgating season is also the start of Food Safety Month. As a reminder, follow the four basics of food safety, as recommended by the Partnership for Food Safety Education; Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill, when preparing your next football feast. (See attached sheet for detail.)

Tops Markets, LLC is one of six retail-operating companies under Ahold USA, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S. Tops currently operates 161 Tops Markets and 204 convenience stores under the Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Tops Xpress banners, in New York, Pennsylvania and northeast New York. Tops website can be found at www.topsmarkets.com. -end-

Sources: www.about.com www.sportsfansofamerica.com

Attached: Buffalo Bills Ultimate Fan Feast Platter Descriptions National Food Safety Month Information Sheet Recipe: Shish-Ka-Bobs Recipe: Classic Potato Vinaigrette Salad Recipe: Grilled Honey-Mustard Chicken Sandwiches Recipe: Roast Beef Pocket Sandwiches Recipe: Our American Hero

Platter Name Platter description End Zone cupcake tray $14.99 Do the end zone dance with 24 Bills decorated cupcakes available in yellow and chocolate!! Ultimate Bills Fan Cake$10.99 Go Bills!!! The proud, the true, the red, white and blue!! The ultimate Bills fan cake serves 8-10 fans. (1/8 sheet cake) Ultimate Chocolate Fan Brownie tray $11.99 24 bite-size ultimate fudge brownies all screaming Go Bills! Ultimate Game Ball Cake $13.99 You'll make the play of the party with the Ultimate Game Ball. Great table decoration and an even tastier party dessert. 12th Man Cake & more $14.99 A 7" single layer Bills cake surrounded by 12 Bills cupcakes. One cupcake for each of the players on the field and one cupcake for our favorite fan, THE 12th MAN!!!! Yard to Goal sub$35.99 Go for the goal with this party favorite. This 36-inch sub is piled high with wafer sliced meats and cheese and all of the trimmings. You could feed 15 to 18 fans with this party favorite. Half time sandwich tray$29.99 Don't miss a play. 48 mini sandwiches in an assortment of sliced turkey, roast beef, hard salami and cooked ham topped with Swiss cheese, along with our famous ham and chicken salad. This tray serves 16 to 20 fans. Blazing Bills Wings$17.99 Jumbo sized wings smoking with our world famous hot and spicy or barbecue sauces. Served with bleu cheese and celery. Our 50 count Blazing Bills wings serves 5 to 7 fans. Pre-Game popper & sticks$11.99 A great way to start any Buffalo Bills game with our "super-snacking" cream and cheddar cheese poppers and lightly breaded mozzarella sticks. Ready to "heat and serve" 12 to 15 fans. Fan-tastic Cheese Tray$39.99 Bite-size hunks of our best SENSATIONAL Swiss, muenster and assorted cheddar cheeses with pepperoni that will serve 16 fans. BUFFALO BILLS ULTIMATE FAN FEAST

Tops Markets offers fan-tastic treats for tailgaters

To kick off football season, Tops Markets is partnering with the Buffalo Bills to offer the Ultimate Fan Feast. Tops will offer a selection of party platters to meet all of your tailgating needs. Each of these platters can be pre-ordered and picked up on the way to the stadium.

NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH Tops emphasizes Four Steps to Food Safety

September marks the tenth annual National Food Safety Month (NFSEM), an annual observance to focus attention on the importance of safe food handling and preparation in both home and commercial kitchen. Food safety is also important in your tailgating kitchen. You do not want to be tackled at the next game by eating food that has not been properly prepared.

Be Aware When You Prepare is this years theme and Tops Markets emphasizes the Four Steps to Food Safety to increase public awareness on the important steps to take to ensure your food is properly prepared. Microorganisms that may make food unsafe when the four basic messages, Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill are not followed.

Clean! Everything that touches food should be clean. Cleanliness is a major factor in preventing food-borne illness. Make sure to buy the freshest produce and meat. Even with food safety inspection and monitoring at Federal, State, and local government facilities, the consumers have the role of ensuring that food is handled safely after it is purchased. Make sure all of your food has been cleaned before packing it up to head to the big game.

Separate! Fight cross-contamination! Cross-contamination is the transfer of harmful bacteria to food from other foods, cutting boards, and utensils. An example of cross-contamination is cutting raw meat, poultry, or fish on a cutting board and then slicing salad vegetables on the same cutting board without washing the cutting board between uses. To prevent cross-contamination, use separate coolers when you pack both raw meat and ready-to-eat foods. Raw meat should be wrapped tightly and placed in plastic resealable bags for added safety.

Cook! Bring a food thermometer when you are grilling. Using a food thermometer is the only way to tell if food has reached a high enough temperature to destroy harmful microorganisms. Measure the internal temperature of foods, such as meat, hamburgers, and poultry to ensure that a safe temperature is reached and that harmful bacteria are destroyed. To avoid cross-contamination, do not put cooked meat on the same plate where raw meat has been placed unless you have thoroughly cleaned and dried the plate.

Chill! Make sure the temperature in the refrigerator is 40 °F or below and 0 °F or below in the freezer. Use a refrigerator/freezer thermometer to check the temperature. Harmful bacteria grow most rapidly in the Danger Zonethe unsafe temperatures between 40 and 140 °Fso it's important to keep food out of this temperature range. Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared food, and leftovers within 2 hours of purchase or preparation, or within 1 hour if the temperature is above 90 °F. Thaw food in the refrigerator. For quick thawing, submerge in cold water in airtight packaging, or thaw in the microwave, and cook the food immediately.

Sources: www.foodsafety.gov www.topsmarkets.com

TOPS TAILGATING RECIPE

Shish-Ka-Bobs

INGREDIENTS:

§ 1/2 cup soy sauce § 1/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed § 3 tablespoons hot mustard § 2 medium sweet red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces § 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces § 1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch slices § 1 medium onion, cut into wedges § 1 package (16 ounces) precooked smoked bratwurst, cut into 1-inch pieces

All of the ingredients in this recipe are available at Tops Markets.

METHOD:

§ In resealable plastic bag or bowl, combine soy sauce, juice concentrate and mustard. § Add vegetables and seal. § Refrigerate 1 hour. § Drain and reserve marinade. § Thread sausage and vegetables alternately on skewers. § Brush with reserved marinade. § Grill over medium-hot coals, turning and basting often, for 15 to 20 minutes or until sausage is hot and vegetables are done. § Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Source: www.razzledazzlerecipes.com

TOPS TAILGATING RECIPE

Classic Potato Vinaigrette Salad

INGREDIENTS:

§ 2 pounds small red potatoes § 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar § 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard § 1 teaspoon salt § 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper § 2 tablespoons olive oil § 1/4 cup minced shallots -- or red onion § 1 cup finely chopped celery § 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley All of the ingredients in this recipe are available at Tops Markets.

METHOD:

§ Boil potatoes in salted water, just until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain. Cool slightly; dice. § Whisk vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in large bowl. Whisk in oil. Add shallots and warm potatoes; toss. Cool. § Stir in celery and parsley. § The potatoes should be warm when tossed with the vinaigrette so they will fully absorb its flavors. § Makes 6 cups.

Source: www.recipesource.com

TOPS TAILGATING RECIPE

Grilled Honey-Mustard Chicken Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS:

§ ¼ cup Dijon mustard § 2 tablespoons honey § 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves § ¼ teaspoon garlic powder § 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) (1/8 to ¼ teaspoon) § 1 teaspoon water § 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound) § 4 whole grain sandwich buns, split § 8 thin slices tomato § Leaf lettuce

All of the ingredients in this recipe are available at Tops Markets.

METHOD:

§ Mix mustard, honey, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper and water. § Brush on chicken. § Heat coals or gas grill. § Cover and grill chicken 4 to 6 inches from medium coals 15 to 20 minutes, brushing with mustard mixture and turning occasionally, until juice is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut. § Discard any remaining mustard mixture. § Serve chicken on buns with tomato and lettuce. § Makes 4 servings.

Source: Betty Crocker recipe TOPS TAILGATING RECIPE

Roast Beef Pocket Sandwiches

These are terrific take-along sandwiches when the yogurt mixture is packed separately and added just before serving.

INGREDIENTS:

§ 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt § 1½ teaspoons snipped fresh dill OR § ½ teaspoon dried dill weed § 1 teaspoon mustard § 1 cup chopped bell pepper (about 1 medium) § 2 pita breads (6 inches in diameter), cut into halves § 1/3 pound thinly sliced lean roast beef § 1 cup alfalfa sprouts

All of the ingredients in this recipe are available at Tops Markets.

METHOD:

§ Mix yogurt, dill weed and mustard. § Stir in bell pepper. § Fill each pita bread half with 1/3 cup yogurt mixture and ¼ of the beef and alfalfa sprouts. § Makes 4 servings.

Source: Betty Crocker recipe TOPS TAILGATING RECIPE

Our American Hero

Bursting with color, this sandwich is a meal in itself. A generous amount of basil stirred into the mayonnaise gives it a fresh edge, while the arugula gives it a peppery bite.

INGREDIENTS:

§ ½ cup light mayonnaise § ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil § ½ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper § 1 (16 ounce) loaf Italian or French bread § 1 pound thinly sliced lean deli roast beef § 1 large tomato, cored and thinly sliced § 1 cup thinly sliced red onion § 1 large yellow bell pepper, seeded an thinly sliced into rings § 1 cup trimmed arugula, watercress or lettuce leaves § 1/8 teaspoon salt § 1/8 teaspoon pepper

All of the ingredients in this recipe are available at Tops Markets.

METHOD:

§ Combine mayonnaise, fresh basil, and ground pepper; chill 15 minutes. § Cut bread loaf in half horizontally. § Spread mayonnaise mixture over bottom half of bread. § Top with roast beef, remaining ingredients, and top half of bread. § Cut loaf into 6 pieces. § Makes 6 servings.

Source: Cooking Light, July 1997, p. 62

 

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